Oh... I dunno..... TOYOTA puts a 4-banger in the base model.
I think it's a matter of education ( and fuel prices )
In the 1960's EVERYONE optioned a V-8.
Couldn't imagine driving a car without it.
It would be interesting to see the ratio
of 4's, 6's and 8's on the road today.
Sure, I see your point. I think what the problem is is that the
traditional American wagon was a full sized, RWD car, and as such
could be used for light hauling and towing, etc. People who see the
need for occasional hauling or towing now buy pickup trucks or SUVs
because the full sized RWD platforms aren't available anymore.
I think that Ford, GM, et. al. don't really want to build a
traditional wagon because they're afraid that they might actually be
popular and therefore drive down their passenger car CAFE. Unless/
until CAFE is overhauled that light towing/hauling role will be filled
by vehicles classified as "trucks" and the only wagons that we're
likely to see are midsize or smaller ones like the imports are
Now I don't know why the American manufacturers aren't trying to make
headway into that segment... but then again BMW has repeatedly tried
and given up, so maybe the demand just isn't there. The only well
entrenched wagon I can think of off the top of my head would be the
Toyota doesn't call the Vensa a Station Wagon. Toyota refers to the
Vensa as a "Sedan." They call it's "twin" the Lexus RX, a crossover
(just like the Ford Taurus X / Freestyle). Weird. I guess calling
something a station wagon is death on the product.
It's like a game of rock, scissors, & paper. The station wagon could
carry more than a sedan at the expense of a little loss in gas milage
and performance. The minivan could carry more than the station wagon
and gave the driver greater visibility. The SUV had more power than
the minivan and could haul larger trailers with the advantage of 4WD.
The crossover SUV increased the gas milage. And now the crossover SW
has even better gas milage and performance.
Customers want acceleration, good gas milage, good handling, seating,
cargo space, hauling ability, stopping ability, crashworthiness, and
luxury in varying degrees. How many different vehicle types are
Well, the "poor mileage" goes along with the whole V8 power and RWD
thing, which are useful for actual towing and hauling (nb: I have not
actually looked up towing or cargo capacity specs for the Magnum to see
how it compares with full sized cars of yore.) Still better than a
typical full-sized SUV I'll bet, which is its current "equivalent."
Certainly more stylish (to my eyes) and can't help but handle better too.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
I wanted a station wagon. Actually I wanted a Corolla or Civic
wagon. And not a Matrix.. A Matrix is not quite the same thing.
It's more like a baby SUV, and I don't really care for it.
It doesn't do as good on gas as a Corolla either.
They used to make such an animal not too long ago, but it became
extinct. I guess in the 90's or whenever..
I'm just glad the back seats fold down in the Corolla. While not
being quite as good as a wagon, it helps quite a bit with
hauling, etc. Heck, I sleep in the back of mine when I'm
up at my land. With the seats down, I can stretch all the way
out. My head will be behind the passenger side head rest/seat,
and my feet will be at the end of the trunk by the drivers
side tail light. :/ It's quite comfy being I use a foam mattress
under me. I have a tent I can use up there, but I'm usually too
lazy to put it up. It's easier to just sleep in the car, and no
varmints can get to me either.. :/ And with the doors locked,
any sneaky crooks, punks, etc will have trouble getting to me
I'd hear them try to get in, and I'll just introduce them to
my little friend that I sleep with. :+
I have a few, but I'm usually carrying my Swock..
Which is a Smith and Wesson Sigma "SW40VE"
Which is a Glock clone.
I bought that thing new for $299, and got a $50
rebate and two extra mags. So I have four mags
total. "14x4+ one in the pipe= 57 rounds of .40 caliber
Pretty good deal for $250.. And a lifetime warranty to
boot if it ever flakes out.
Some aren't crazy about the fairly stiff trigger, but it
doesn't bother me. And it gets easier with use..
Here is a short clip of me killing a poor defenseless
can with it up there..
Why did I kill the can? Because it was empty... :(
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